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AMBER ALERT: Missing Indiana teen believed to be in extreme danger

by Ellen Killoran

A woman was found murdered around the same time Chastinea Reeves disappeared

Police are searching for a 16-year-old Indiana girl who they believe may be in extreme danger, and who went missing shortly after her mother was the victim of a crime.

An AMBER Alert was issued Monday for 15-year-old Chastinea Reeves, who was last seen in Gary, Indiana, in the early morning hours. According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, Reeves is believed to have gone to a friend’s home after her mother was the victim of a crime that has not yet been specified.

Police told the newspaper that a 34-year-old woman was found dead around the same time that Reeves disappeared, but would not say whether the cases were related.

Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield gave a news conference on Monday, and expressed concern for the missing girl.

“There are just too many unknowns,” Westerfield reportedly said. “She’s young. It’s very cold outside. We don’t believe she has any means to care for herself at this time. And she’s not with anyone she should be with.”

“Chastinea, please call the police,” Westerfield continued. “We just need to make sure you’re OK. Go somewhere we’re you’re safe and please contact any police department via 911. We need to make sure you’re safe.”

According to Fox 59, Chastinea is 5 feet 2 inches tall, 130 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She was reportedly wearing a grey t-shirt and black jeans when she was last seen.

Anyone with information about Chartinea’s whereabouts is urged to call Gary Police Detective Kristopher Adams at 219-755-3855, central dispatch at 219-660-0000 or 911.


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Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."